[Reading] ➭ Rookie Privateer (Privateer Tales #1) ➵ Jamie McFarlane – Snackgo.co.uk

Rookie Privateer (Privateer Tales #1) When You Are Old Enough To Finally Become An Earth Mars Citizen, Everything Should Be Perfect Right Not For Liam Hoffen He S Stuck On A Mining Asteroid Called Colony , Helping His Father Work A Claim That Is Never Going To Pay Out His Best Friend, Nick James Is Set For Life In James Rental Business And Liam Just Discovered That The Girl He S Known Forever Thinks He S Pretty Great And Now She S Leaving For The Mars Naval AcademyLiam Dreams Of Sailing The Stars Whenever He Gets The Chance, He Jets Into Space And Floats, Wishing To Be Free Of The Asteroid That Has Claimed Him What He Doesn T Realize Is That Fate Is About To Change EverythingSometimes You Have To Lose Parts Of Yourself To Gain The Stars, And Liam Discovers That While It Isn T Easy To Literally Lose Parts Of Yourself To The Pirates Who Attacked Your Home, Gaining The Stars Is Worth EverythingHe And Nick Are About To Find Out What The Real World Has To Offer And They End Up Meeting Exciting People Along The Way This book would seem to be targeted at a younger audience, perhaps 10 to 14 years old As such, it is written at a fairly simple level and I mthan willing to lower my believable or not filter based on this being the target audience So unlike some reviews I was OK with some of the less believable aspects of the story and the extraordinary capabilities of the characters.My challenge, and the reason I dropped the rating from what would have otherwise been a 4 star review, was the unnecessa This book would seem to be targeted at a younger audience, perhaps 10 to 14 years old As such, it is written at a fairly simple level and I mthan willing to lower my believable or not filter based on this being the target audience So unlike some reviews I was OK with some of the less believable aspects of the story and the extraordinary capabilities of the characters.My challenge, and the reason I dropped the rating from what would have otherwise been a 4 star review, was the unnecessary language the author put in Tabby s mouth If this was targeted at YA I d have said OK, but in my opinion the book is too simplistic for a 17 18 year old audience.I liked the book enough that I purchased the second book in the series Rookie Privateer is a basic space opera, though a bit far fetched Sure, this is science fiction, and we all make big allowances in what s allowed on the technical side In that regard this story is fine, a classic space tale of mining and space ships and independent colonies and pirates But the character fiction is a little over the top for me I was never really able to accept that two people, fresh out of required levels of schooling presumably something like high school equivalent and new Rookie Privateer is a basic space opera, though a bit far fetched Sure, this is science fiction, and we all make big allowances in what s allowed on the technical side In that regard this story is fine, a classic space tale of mining and space ships and independent colonies and pirates But the character fiction is a little over the top for me I was never really able to accept that two people, fresh out of required levels of schooling presumably something like high school equivalent and newly legalized as adults, somehow have all the necessary knowledge to jump directly into a complicated business in which neither of them has any experience In fact, great pains are taken to make sure the reader knows the protagonists have very little experience in anything outside their tiny personal circles prior to these adventures Yet not only are they instantly able to cope, but they are immediately welcomed by the regional space military authorities who had never heard of either of our heroes, and tasked with a military operation the authorities have been unable to carry out themselves It all comes across as a bit Walter Mitty like.If you can lay that aside, Rookie Privateer is a decent story But there were two main irritations for me First, the dialogue is very stilted, the sort that comes from an inexperienced writer who hasn t read his dialogue out loud and so doesn t realize it sounds like people practicing speaking in a language foreign to them This crops up in all situations, not just when our two heroes are trying to sound official onboard their spacecraft The second problem was a third major character who was missing for most of the book After a budding romantic interest is introduced at the beginning of the tale, she is whisked off elsewhere and never participates in the action again But she does come up again and again in references and a couple swapped messages It s a clear indication that she s meant to reappear somewhere down the line in another book I guess that s OK, but I don t like being bashed with repeated reminders that I m reading a component in a series Incredibly detailed and engaging on an immensely human level, McFarlane s Rookie Privateer displays in this reader s opinion glimmers of Heinlein From P Zero to Baru Manush to the decks of the Kuznetsov, I thoroughly enjoyed the richly textured world our protagonist, Liam Hoffen, finds himself in and could absolutely relate to his initial resignation to a life of toil and monotony Complete with space pirates, friendship, budding romance, and infinitely relatable albeit interstellar Incredibly detailed and engaging on an immensely human level, McFarlane s Rookie Privateer displays in this reader s opinion glimmers of Heinlein From P Zero to Baru Manush to the decks of the Kuznetsov, I thoroughly enjoyed the richly textured world our protagonist, Liam Hoffen, finds himself in and could absolutely relate to his initial resignation to a life of toil and monotony Complete with space pirates, friendship, budding romance, and infinitely relatable albeit interstellar themes I definitely recommend Rookie Privateer to any fan of the thinking man s science fiction A thoroughly enjoyable pulp sci fi novel for a young reader not too young as there were some references to sex and prostitutes not to mention violence, I d say on the younger end of the young adult set.

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